Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s not rethinking his decision to lift almost all COVID-19 restrictions statewide, even as several COVID metrics have started to trend the wrong direction.
The state’s positivity rate is up and hospitalizations are at their highest level in a month. Two weeks ago, Indiana’s rate of COVID-19 spread was sixth best in the nation. It’s now fourth worst.
But Holcomb said Indiana doesn’t need to reimpose restrictions.
“It means we need to hunker down in the areas where we see spread,” Holcomb said.
Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the state’s numbers underscore the need to take proper precautions.
“Wearing our masks, washing our hands, socially distance, not going to work or school if you’re sick, getting tested and engaging with our contact tracers – that’s how we prevent the spread,” Box said.
Local governments can still impose more stringent COVID-19 restrictions than the state’s.